The Civil Wars are both simple and pristine

As most of you know, I’m a fans of Vandaveer’s last album release. Naturally, I was extremely pleased to find The Civil Wars, a band that reminds me of Vandaveer (as well as She & Him), both vocally, and in their songwriting chemistry.

The Civil Wars consists of John Paul White, hailing from Florence, AL and Joy Williams, originally from Santa Cruz, CA, but now residing in East Nashville. The duo’s chance meeting a year and a half ago fueled an immediate creative synergy.

The band has been around for all of two years. Take a moment and check it out “Barton Hollow” as a promotional mp3 below.

Barton Hollow, the full-length debut from The Civil Wars, will be released February 1 (Sensibility Music). The album comes on the heels of a breakout year for the pair, whose remarkably successful live album has been downloaded over 100,000 times. Additionally, their 2009 four song EP, Poison & Wine, debuted at #4 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter Top Albums chart. The EP’s title track and first single was played in full on “Grey’s Anatomy” and its accompanying music video has been viewed over 425,000 times on YouTube. Of the song, Stereo Subversion declares, “…your ears are immediately gripped by a haunting sound both simple and pristine…breathtaking…”


The Civil Wars – “Barton Hollow” (mp3)

Complete Track List
1: 20 Years
2: I’ve Got This Friend
3: C’est la mort
4: Poison & Wine
5: My Father’s Father
6: Barton Hollow
7: The Violet Hour
8: Girl with the Red Balloon
9: Falling
10: Forget Me Not
11: Birds of a Feather

THE CIVIL WARS Tour Schedule
(additional dates to be announced)

January 20 /// Salt Lake City, UT /// The State Room
January 27 & 28 /// Park City, UT /// Sundance Film Festival
January 31 & February 1 /// Florence, AL /// The Zodiac
February 2 /// Nashville, TN /// The Belcourt
February 4 & 5 /// Birmingham, AL /// WorkPlay
February 7 /// Athens, GA /// The Melting Pot
February 8 /// Atlanta, GA /// Eddie’s Attic (2 shows)
February 9 /// Charlotte, NC /// The Evening Muse
February 10 /// Raleigh, NC /// The Pour House
February 11 /// Charlottesville, VA /// The Southern
February 12 /// Vienna, VA /// Jammin’ Java
February 13 /// Charleston, WV /// Mountain Stage
February 15 /// New York, NY /// Joe’s Pub
February 17 /// Philadelphia, PA /// World Café Live
February 18 /// New York, NY /// Rockwood Music Hall
February 19 /// Boston, MA /// The Red Room @ Café 939
February 22 /// Knoxville, TN /// The Pilot Light
March 10 /// Abilene, TX /// Monks Coffee Shop
March 11 & 12 /// Dallas, TX /// AllGood Café
March 13 /// Denton, TX /// 35 Conferette
March 14 /// Waco, TX /// Common Grounds
March 15-19 /// Austin, TX /// SXSW

photo credit: Tec Petaja


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